Ethiopian Stowaways Land at Dulles Airport – ABC News

January 24th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Two Ethiopian stowaways were found after an 18-hour flight landed at Dulles International Airport Wednesday morning.

According to U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Ethiopian Airlines flight 500 departed Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, stopped in Rome, Italy, and landed at Dulles International around 9:30 a.m. The two adult male passengers were found by a security gaurd, hiding in the ceiling of the kitchen galley after the passengers disembarked the plane. They had no plane tickets or bags and were wearing Ethiopian Airlines uniforms and I.D. badges. (more…)

Two Ethiopian stowaways were found after an 18-hour flight landed at Dulles International Airport Wednesday morning.

According to U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Ethiopian Airlines flight 500 departed Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, stopped in Rome, Italy, and landed at Dulles International around 9:30 a.m. The two adult male passengers were found by a security gaurd, hiding in the ceiling of the kitchen galley after the passengers disembarked the plane. They had no plane tickets or bags and were wearing Ethiopian Airlines uniforms and I.D. badges.

Ethiopian Airlines Officials at Dulles Airport are refusing to comment on the incident.

Officials though, believe the men did not intend on harming anyone. The two men have requested asylum.

  1. Habte
    | #1

    It’s amazing how far people can go to get out of that country!!

  2. | #2

    It is a great surprised for me how two men fly in the container.

  3. | #3

    I wondered when i saw the news that two ethiopian men had flow from ethiopia to the wealthier country america through container. i hope they hear america has plenty of free money on steets and avenues from their best friends have lived here for a while decended earlies.

  4. ayantuu
    | #4

    this shows the weeknes of our great airport.for the friends there flying to abroad is big deal…I will be happy if I heared the result of this news.

  5. totaw100_2
    | #5

    Congratulation!! This gays are escape from the big prison….some people might be surprised but this gays are heroes…they escape from one of the worst prison in the world….you know what no country has 70,000,000 people in prison except Ethiopia…by Devil Melese and his Gangster….

    Please support HR 2003 and Fax to your senators to say Yes for HR 2003 when it comes to the floor…
    All Ethiopians will be free soon!!!
    God Bless You ALL!!!
    God Bless Ethiopia!!

  6. muluemebet terefe
    | #6

    meles made people mad coz he put our country land lock by give our port of assab to eritrians
    one of the men escape he talk about this issue evryday about our country being land lock
    we w’ll help him all the way to get his peper fix.
    but other ethiopians dont try this again coz u never know what hapen to u there is no luck always/////

  7. alemitu
    | #7

    totaw IWNETIM TOTA:dreaming to fly to u.s is one thing,what you talking about is another thing.infact we have woyanne mafiyas there,kadires there,but our country Ethio is not like you exaggereted.don’t forget that we have bull people who hate work and like to walk arround neghbourhood LIKE YOU HAD BEEN DOING HOME ONCE.I am not woyane,dont forget the government mustn’t work in all families from home to home.let’s stop blamming and work.stop exaggeration…yihenin yemitikesirewun tatihin mekuret nebere HR2003 fiiit!!!

    TOOOOTAAA!!!!!

  8. GEMORAW
    | #8

    RESPECT aLEMITU SHE IS MY X GIRL FRIEND.

  9. Arefe
    | #9

    Living in America is not a great, being Etiopian
    is in your blood. for those who are giving a bad coment to your own citizen you must be primitive Do you know people from south America
    when they tryed to scape throgh Mexico to reach
    US and Canada in one year 1500- 2000 they lost
    their foot, from 100- 250 dead.please see the
    facts dont judge because you eat ten times a day.I wish these innocent people be free and to
    see what ugly we are personaly in any reason
    they did they made it with pride CONGRATULATIONS! It could happen worest. God is
    Great always for those who in need him.!!!!Mo, Qc

  10. Getahun Dagem
    | #10

    what ever it is this is great to escape from murderers of meles zenawi

  11. | #11

    melss and his follwers are fuking idyot so one day they gonna live that land for ever

  12. dawit
    | #12

    alemitu: ye abateshen Jela lequretew, you TPLF shermuta

  13. Girma
    | #13

    Hi guys , this is not simple decision, It is the issue of freedom,democracy and good govenance.If it is posible I am sure all Ethiopians do the same , except Woyane.I appreciate their action.

  14. Zeru
    | #14

    I do not like the drum bit and tone of my fellow preceeding commentators.
    But three things are clear:
    _ Ethiopians are flying out from their country and this shows how worst the country is undergoing and we shall mourn about this.
    - Ethiopian Airlines is not safe and more suspetable to terrorist attack unless heavily scrutinized.This clearily shows how loose the prevailing security check is. This is a warning sign to the Management of the Airline and to Melese.
    _ Do not forget that Meles is meddling in Somalia. His government is hated by the Arabs let alone Al Queda. Hence guess what if this security check of EAL prevails. TPLF does not CARE if EAL is gone and vanish into thin air.
    I have heard about our citzens subjugating themselves in a Fuel Tanker and caught on the boarder of zambia as they were travelling to seek asylum in South Africa. The EAL is more comfortable than a Fuel Tanker. The Fuel Tanker is dark inside and you get intoxicated as a result of inhaling fuel gas and by the time you get out of the dark rooms of the Tanker you will literally be vomiting and could sustain permanent illness.That is a trajedy.
    Any way I am dismayed and mourning of what I heard and wondered where we are heading at.It is a pity I am born in a country where the Leaders do not LISTEN. Menigistu HMariam did not listen and this Devil is not listening again. Which one of the Devil is better I guess Mengistu seems to be better now as at least he had nationalistic feelings. But both are equally bad and I regret to say this.
    To state in the NEWS that Ethiopians are found in the container of the EAL Flight for reasons to seek asylum is a mockery of our history. African Americans are proud of our history especially of Menelik of driving out of the white rulers- the Italians. I am confused about the current generation.

  15. | #15

    What evere dream they have GOD bless them ,after 18 hour flight they are alive amazing and good luck you will make it after all it always a better tommorow.

    ONE PEOPLE, ONE LAND, ONE ETHIOPIA FOREVER

  16. totaw100_2
    | #16

    alemituuuuuuuuuuu

    You are trying to tell me about Ethiopia??????
    Really you are one of the weyane Devil gangster group….You are trying to tell me about weyane????
    Your brain is dead and your aye is blind because you are doing like devil and you don’t know what you are doing…So I didn’t blame you its your behavior……In any way HR 2003 will be on the floor soon and Devil weyane will be punish for what they did on our beloved country.

    God Bless Ethiopia!!!
    Death for weyane and devil Melese and weyane supporter alemituuuu/

  17. GEMORAW
    | #17

    Ante totaaaaaaa:

    I told you to respect Alemitus comment.in that country we have lots of enemies.beside devil LEGESSE ZENAWI we have also takative people like you.she said “you exaggereted” yes you over reacted about the country Ethioipia.here,I am not saying we are in peace in all day long.we have a banch of people hating little job and proud of nothing.we have to discuss about our un educated people! not only the woyanes…that is general truth Ethiopia has never had a good gevernance….from Menilik chekagnu to hayile sillasie shebaw,from mehayim mengistu to MELES duriyew…and now the coming groups of thieves.

    we are in problem in all corner of the country.you,LEGESE zenawi,fetno polices,mircha bords….so many distractors…TOTAAAAAAAAAW gedel gibaaaa!

    totit respect my Alemitu again….be ayin ina be alemitu keld yelem ale Amara…mechim amara serto ayawkim terito inji….ho ho ho ho.

  18. | #18

    I understand why they did it, although I don’t support it. We hear lots of news about people crossing the border of Mexico to the States; many die on the process, others make it through, and others just vanish away.

    I have a feeling that we, Ethiopians, are slaves by our choice. We are floating in the world like a lost seed. Travel to Asia, the Middle East, South and North America ( even Alaska) you will find lost habeshoch barely making it or scrambling to blend in. We are fleeing away, not just the government (if so, we would have been united in a foreign land. ) but, we are running away from ourselves, from our identity, from deep rooted poverty.

    We need a generation that is visionary enough to see a bright tomorrow for him/her-self and for the crumbled nation. It is also a fact than while carrying an empty stomach it is hard to be a visionary; “…hence when there is no vision, people perish…”

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